Juneva L. Schmidt

Juneva L. Schmidt, 83, of West Bend died on Friday, April 11, 2008 at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on May 30, 1924 in the town of Auburn to the late Erwin and Lila (nee Kibble) Schmidt.

As a child, her family moved from the family farm to Kewaskum and later settled in West Bend.

After graduating from West Bend High School, Juneva entered the United States Navy, serving for two years with the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services), and was stationed in the Washington, D.C. area.

After her Naval service and discharge, Juneva returned to West Bend and eventually entered into the hotel business with her very dear friends, Mary and Frank Reichert.

Their partnership resulted in several business ventures of running hotels in Plymouth and Kalamazoo, Mich., and eventually taking them to Miami, Fla. where they ran a Dairy Quick and The Art Mart (art and framing studio).

While in Floirda, Juneva earned her realtorís license and her LPN nursing license.

After many years of working and living in Florida and sharing the special friendship and life events with the Reichert family, Juneva returned to West Bend to care for her mother and to be close to family and friends.

Juneva continued to be an aide and companion to elderly aunts, friends and many others in West Bend, who she cared for with tenderness and compassion.

Her many talents included being an avid geneologist, a good cook/baker, a reliable worker and talented crafter.

She enjoyed traveling and polka dancing, and it was rare to see her without a camera in her hand (the family has the pictures to show for it, but without those pictures, they would have forgotten some of the special moments in their lives).

Juneva was a longtime member of Immanuel United Church of Christ and was very active in the Ladies Aid Group.

The Election Night Supper was where she showed her talent with the best glazed carrots you ever tasted.

She was also a proud lifetime member of the Navy WAVES Badgers No. 39 Wisconsin Division.

She accumulated many special friends who kept in touch with her to the very end.

Juneva was willing to give of her time and talents; she was a devoted sister, aunt, great-aunt, great-great-aunt and a very special friend to many. We will all deeply miss her.

Survivors include her brother, Delbert Schmidt of West Bend; nieces and nephews, Tom (Marylee) Melius of Chugiak, Alaska, Pat (Al) Schnepf of Ogema, Kathy (Ken) Staehler of West Bend and Darryl Schmidt (fiancée Jean Schwichtenberg) of Allenton; her special Florida family, the Ricky Reichert family of Chicago, Ill. and the Daniel Reichert family of Charlotte, N.C.; grand-nieces and grand-nephew; great-grand niece and great-grand nephews; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Delores Melius; a sister-in-law, Pauline Schmidt; a brother-in-law, Lloyd Melius; and a nephew, Ronald Melius.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 19, at noon at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend, with Rev. William Wiederanders officiating.

Burial will be in Peace United Church of Christ Cemetery, Kewaskum.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 until 11:45 a.m.

The family has requested memorials to Cedar Community Hospice or the charity of the donorís choice.


Junevaís family would like to thank the staff of Friendship House, the staff of Cove 3, the hospice staff and caring abiders and volunteers for all the love and attention they gave to Juneva throughtout her stay at Cedar Community.